Monthly Archives: June 2014

NCGA Voices Strong Concerns About EPA’s Proposed Water Regulations

National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Chip Bowling testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Energy at a hearing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Interpretive Rule regarding the applicability of Clean Water Act agricultural exemptions.

North Carolina State FFA Convention Wraps with New Officers

The North Carolina FFA wrapped up their state convention last week at Raleigh’s Convention Center.  Jason Davis, State Executive Secretary for FFA gave Southern Farm Network’s Ashley Thomas an over view of the convention: “Our state convention is the Superbowl

NC Cash Grains Fall With Futures

At the 3 livestock auctions held Monday at Canton, Turnersburg and Siler City a total of 2047 cattle and 41 goats were sold.  Slaughter cows trended mostly $1.00 to $3.00 higher, feeder steers trended $5.00 to $11.50 higher, and heifers

Biofuel Crops being Contracted in the Carolinas

Growing specialty crops on contract is nothing new to the Carolinas…many crops are grown on contract these days…from the area’s heritage, tobacco, to fruits and vegetables. But, one thing that is new is crops for use as renewable fuels, and

Central South Carolina Crops Suffering due to Heat and Lack of Rain

  There were more than 6 days suitable for field work in the week ended June 22nd as reported in the latest crop progress report for South Carolina.  Soil moisture ratings were reported at 10% very short, 44% short, 41%

NC State Extension Economist Mike Walden – “Is the Labor Market Improving?”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program asks if the labor market is improving.  Mike, there are two reasons to watch the job market.  One is that we need more

NC Enjoys High Ranking in Number of Farmers’ Markets

It’s a great time of year to be shopping at a farmers market. North Carolina Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler: “We have over 200 farmers markets across the state. It ranges from regional markets to community and tailgate markets.  There is

SC Ag Commissioner on Special Events at Columbia State Farmers’ Market

There is an exciting event coming up at the farmers market in Columbia. South Carolina Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers: “This Saturday will be a big day; the grand opening of Five Rivers Market in the market pavilion. It’s a new

Volunteer Group Brings Agriculture Back to Third-World Countries

AgriCorps focuses on teaching agriculture worldwide.  At the recent North Carolina State FFA Convention Brennan Costello, past volunteer spoke with Southern Farm Network’s Ashley Thomas about their programs and their focus: “Our mission statement is to promote agriculture education to

North Carolina FFA Installs New Officers

In the final hours of the state FFA convention last week, students from various North Carolina counties were elected by the State Nominating Committee to serve on the 2014-15 North Carolina State FFA Officer Team.  Sarah Lemons of the Bandys